IWC Schaffhausen will once again be sponsoring the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival in October and has created a limited edition timepiece to celebrate.
IWC will create just 59 pieces of the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ in stainless steel to celebrate the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival.
Each model will be individually numbered on the caseback, alongside the inscription ‘BFI Film Forever 2015’. The timepieces will be available from this month at the IWC Boutique on New Bond Street and DM London’s The Watch Gallery, as the brand’s exclusive retail partner for the launch.
The Swiss brand has also created a unique platinum Portugieser Annual Calendar Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ which it has agreed to donate for auction at the BFI’s unique fundraising gala LUMINOUS, of which IWC is headline sponsor.
All proceeds from the auction, to be held at London’s Guildhall on October 6th and presided over by Sotheby’s chairman of private clients Lord Dalmeny, will go towards the BFI National Archive – one of the ‘greatest and most significant heritage collections in the world’ and the UK’s National Collection of film and TV.
LUMINOUS aims to raise essential funds required to restore, preserve and digitise the UK’s National Collection of film and TV; painstaking and costly work that will help safeguard Britain’s highly valued film and television heritage for generations to come. Last year’s event, attended by stars including Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Helen McCrory, Damien Lewis, Julian Fellowes, Michael Gambon and Emilia Fox, raised £250,000.
IWC also has established relationships with the Tribeca Film Festival, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Beijing International Film Festival.